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Travelers: Avoid 285 South in Atlanta
Tuesday, 11 January 2011

January 11--  I-285 SOUTH OF I-20 LOG JAMMED.  AREAS WITH ONE PLUS INCHES OF ICE.  ALL TRAFFIC USE I-75/I-85 TO MOVE AROUND ATLANTA.  ALL VEHICLES REQUESTED TO AVOID I-285.

WHAT:            Currently, the hardest hit sections of the Metro are on I-285 on the south of Atlanta.  Crews are working the area and additional crews from neighboring districts continue to move into the area to assist, and resources are enroute to assist in clearing the roads.  Travel is extremely difficult in most spots and impossible in many spots.  All available resources are working on the situation, however, GDOT work trucks are being hindered by the icy roads, existing traffic congestion and accident level.

 At least one inch of Ice on interstate roads and sustained temperatures below freezing have caused extremely hazardous driving conditions throughout metro region. Dangerous icing conditions persist.

Tractor trailer trucks continue to have extreme difficulty moving through the icy conditions.

WHERE:           I-285 at I-675 Interchange completely closed

I-285 WB from Flat Shoals to ramp to I-75

I-285/I-75 Interchange

I-285EB from I-75 to I-85

WHEN:            NOW through late Tuesday at least                                                          

The Georgia DOT Maintenance Crews continue to work around the clock to clear roadways across Georgia. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution as travel remains hazardous in many areas.  If you must drive, be especially careful on bridges and overpasses, as ice often forms more quickly in these areas. Motorists should check with media outlets for updates.

Motorists are urged to slow down and leave, at least, a ten car length distance between their vehicles and the DOT trucks clearing the roadways. They are also advised to treat any traffic signal that is not working as a four-way stop, and be aware of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.‪‪

Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org .

 
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